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The E-Verify ordinance in Springfield may go away completely, now that an amendment to repeal it is on the table. City Council was set to look at just cleaning up the wording to make it compliant with federal law.
Councilman Doug Burlison says he moved to repeal, in part, because the courts stripped nearly everything out of the original ordinance that voters approved. He also says the amendment is largely symbolic.
"We are interested in diversity here in this city. We're not interested in ordinances that create an atmosphere to where people become suspect based on perception of their race or origin," says Burlison.
The voter-approved measure requires businesses to use a federal database to check employment eligibility of potential new hires.
Burlison's repeal effort needs unanimous Council support at the next meeting to get the go-ahead.
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